Ave Maria by AJ Fernandez

My Blender of the Year

It’s December, and if I had to select a blender of the year, it would be AJ Fernandez. The Ave Maria is another example of the fine range and quality of cigars with his name on the label.

The Fernandez family roots are in Cuba. Today they are in Esteli Nicaragua. Click on the link below to the site which has a video on their history.  AJ is the third generation to produce cigars and oversees the day to day operations of their factory in Esteli Nicaragua.

The Ave Maria Family

There are four versions of the Ave Maria. The original with a gold and red band, the Argentum with silver on black, the Divina with blue and white and the Immaculata with black on silver banding and the Reconquista sporting a white band with red lettering. This review is for the original.

Produced at the AJ Fernandez factory in Nicaragua, this cigar boasts great tobacco for a medium to full bodied treat.

I have not seen this cigar in a retail shop. Anywhere!

The blend is a combination of Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Honduran and Nicaraguan filler.

My thoughts

The Ave Maria is one of the most complex and flavorful cigars I’ve smoked this year. I don’t understand the need for the other lines. I’ll have to smoke them now.

It had a great bouquet of flavor and nice perfumed smoke. Taste gave me nuts, spice, pepper, musty wood, parsnips and herbs. This is the first cigar to get parsnips in the profile.

This cigar had lots of kick and bite but not an overwhelming amount.

Great balance, even burn, tight ash. This cigar was damned near perfect!


KISS stands for Keep It Simple Stupid.

If you see AJ Fernandez’s name on a cigar or a collaboration, buy it. I had no idea this was an AJ Fernandez cigar because it was gifted to me by my buddy before a golf outing. Oddly, it doesn’t bear the AJ Fernandez name on the band!

My friend has a bunch he ordered on-line.

I’m inviting myself over for another smoke!